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As we told you this morning, FloSports recently filed suit in Texas for financial restitution from WWN due to what they claim were misrepresented viewership numbers. WWN, the parent company of Evolve, fired back claiming the Austin-based company hasn’t lived up to their promises to promote shows on their streaming FloSlam service, and told other sources they planned to file a countersuit.
It looked at that time like they’d continue doing business with each other, including broadcasting this weekend’s Evolve shows from Illinois and Michigan.
FloSlam is refusing to broadcast tonight's EVOLVE event. We apologize, but this is their decision. Please contact them for customer issues— Gabe Sapolsky (@BookItGabe) September 22, 2017
PWInsider reports FloSports told their employees who were scheduled to fly to Chicago and Detroit for Evolve 92 and 93 they would not be travelling to or working those shows. Now this.
It’s unclear where or even if fans will be able to watch these events now. WWN does still have an internet pay-per-view (iPPV) operation they use occassionally, WWN Live, but getting everything up and running reliably for the Friday night show will be a challenge.
Then there’s the fact both companies have told customers that in order to stream these and future Evolve shows, they should sign up for a $20 per month FloSlam account.
WWN promoter Gabe Sapolosky says they will do their best to get these events on WWN Live, but hasn’t promised - or addressed cost - at this point.
UPDATE: Evolve has announced this weekend’s shows will stream via WWN Live. They’re offering a discount for FloSlam subscribers, but you’ll still have to pay again:
Want to watch #EVOLVE92 live? Check it out via @wwnlive for $9.99! Get $5 off if an active #FloSlam subscriber. https://t.co/POmJNA19Vb— EVOLVE Wrestling (@WWNEVOLVE) September 22, 2017
UPDATE II: Flo issued the following statement, indicating they will refund fans’ subscription money:
“Planned coverage of WWN events will no longer be available on FloSlam. This includes EVOLVE, SHINE, FIP, Style Battle, and ACW events. We know fans are excited If about these events and we’re disappointed to share that we will no longer provide the coverage you deserve and expect. If you’d like a refund, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Floslam Refund Request” and our team will assist you.”